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Date:10/28/2008

the charts of 151 patients, aged 25 to 99 years, who underwent CPR as a consequence of cardiopulmonary arrest. Out of these patients, only 16 (eight men and eight women) required repeated CPR after the first successful attempt. None of these patients survived to the time of hospital discharge. Researchers suggest that patients who are seriously ill, as well as their families, should be well informed regarding the expected outcome of multiple in-hospital resuscitation events.

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SWIMMING EFFECTIVE THERAPY FOR ASTHMA
(Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 PM EST)

Swimming may be an effective intervention for children with asthma. Taiwanese researchers followed 30 children with asthma to investigate the effects of a 6-week swimming intervention on pulmonary function testing (PFT), peak expiratory flow monitoring (PEFM), and the severity of asthma (SOA). Twenty boys and 10 girls were randomly assigned to receive regular asthma treatment combined with a 6-week swimming training (experimental group) or regular asthma treatment alone (control group). Compared with the control group, the experimental group showed significant improvements in PEFM and SOA. These results suggest that swimming may be an effective nonpharmacologic intervention for children with asthma.

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SHINGLES COMMON AFTER LUNG TRANSPLANTATION
(Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 PM EST)

Herpes zoster, or shingles, is a common complication after lung transplantation. Israeli researchers reviewed 198 lung transplants performed at their institution over a 7-year period and continued to follow up with patients for a median time of 34 months. Twenty-three episodes of shingles occurred in 23 patients (11 percent); however, antiviral prophylaxis was protective against shingles. Furthermore, treatment with the antibody RATG also increased the incidence of shingles.

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YOUNGER PATIENTS WITH LUNG CANCER HAVE BETTER SURVIVAL
(Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 PM EST)


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American College of Chest Physicians
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